Maggie-May was rescued this year together with Nero the horse.
We rescued a mare and a stallion, Macarena, who has now been renamed Maggie-May, and Nero but it was a tale of two halves as we were just too late to save a third horse.
We first heard about the horses when some holiday makers went in to the La Zenia charity shop. They had gone to a riding centre on the Orihuela Costa they had previously visited, to find the horses seriously underweight and skeletal. We acted immediately and went straight to the premises that day where we found several horses that were left there starving.
It seems the livery yard was being rented out by the owners of the premises but the business had failed. Many people who had kept their horses there were removing them that weekend as the centre was closed but two horses belonged to the guy running the business and he had simply locked them away and left them, unable to afford to feed them.
Another had been left by the owner who had lost interest and hadn't paid any stable fees so again, was left to go hungry. We tracked down the owner of the premises who was equally shocked at what we had found and immediately assisted us in getting the horses out of there. Sadly, as feared, when we returned one of the horses was lying dead in the stable.
Our equine vet Dorothea has meanwhile checked the other two.. The mare will not be able to be ridden for at least a year due to severe muscle wastage and sadly she was still being ridden at the very end as you can see from the saddle marks on her. Nero has been castrated and will this week be put outside for the first time in his life and both are on a special diet as they are full of worms and can't be wormed straight away until we build up their strength.
THESE RESCUES AND ONGOING CARE CAN ONLY CONTINUE WITH YOUR SUPPORT